Ashish Nehra Biography
The world first took notice of Ashish Nehra when he dazzled Durban at the 2003 World Cup. Using he swing and seam to good effect, his left-arm pacers stunned England as his figures of six for 23 took India to victory. Nehra had made his Test debut way back in 1999 against Sri Lanka at Colombo, but it was only during Saurav Ganguly’s tenure as captain in the early 2000s that he found a footing in international cricket.
Although built tall and lanky, Nehra could work some good pace at his best. Picked out of oblivion in the Asian Test Championship of 1998-99, Nehra had the tendency to be expensive at times and was also plagued by injuries. He played his last Test on the tour to Pakistan in 2004 and the following year, an injury saw him out for a long time. After regaining his form and fitness and performing well in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2009, he returned to the Indian limited-overs side.
Over the next two years, Nehra performed well and was a part of the 2011 World Cup winning side. He was taken apart in a last over finish against South Africa but found his redemption in a tight spell against Pakistan in the semi-final, which turned out to be his last One-Day International (ODI).
Nehra has bowled quite a few final overs successfully, the most famous being against Pakistan at Karachi in 2004. He is the only Indian bowler to have taken two six-fors in ODIS.
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